TWIST just got off the phone with Kaityln Dever! She dished about how she started acting, her birthday plans, and her holiday traditions. Check out our exclusive convo with her below!
TWIST: Can you tell us about The Spectacular Now?
Kaitlyn: I shot it over the summer and it was a lot of fun. It's with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. I play a girl named Crystal who is Shailene Woodley's best friend. My character is bossy and very controlling of her best friend. She is kind of an unlikable character. She thinks she knows more than everyone else.
TWIST: Do you have a favorite memory from set?
Kaitlyn: I got to shoot it in Georgia, which was really cool because it was my first time going out of California to shoot something. There was really good food there and it had a really good vibe. Everyone was overall really nice.
TWIST: What do you like about working on a movie versus a TV show?
Kaitlyn: I like them both but in different ways. On a TV set, the pace is a lot faster especially on a sitcom. For the live tapings on a sitcom, it's very high energy and you're in front of an audience. On a movie set, you're not. You have a lot of different shots to do. You probably get one scene done in about three hours whereas you'd get six scenes done in three hours on a sitcom. I love them both. I can't decide between movie and TV show.
TWIST: How did you get started in acting?
Kaitlyn: I was about six or seven when I started asking my parents if I could be an actress. They didn't believe me because I wanted to quit every other activity I was in. They thought that I was just going to quit acting too. I finally came to them one day crying and was like, 'You're not doing enough for me. I want to be an actress.' Then they decided it was probably a good time. I started acting classes when I was around eight or nine. I was doing that for a while and when I was ten, three agents wanted me to come out to California and start auditioning. I booked the first thing I went out on. I got the ball rolling from there.
TWIST: Your birthday is this week. Do you have any special plans?
Kaitlyn: I celebrated it with a lot of my friends on December 8th. My friends go out of town and I don't get to see them on my birthday because it's so close to Christmas. I went up to Big Bear and we went sledding and had this giant sleepover in this huge cabin. We hung out and made Christmas cookies, grilled burgers, and played Just Dance. We did a ton of stuff and just had a great time. It was so much fun. On my actual birthday, I think I'll just hang out with my family at home.
TWIST: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not filming?
Kaitlyn: I love to hang out with my friends and go to the movies. I'm actually going to have a gingerbread-making thing at my house this year. I do that every year to just get some friends together. I also love to play guitar. I've been playing for about eight years.
TWIST: What's next for you?
Kaitlyn: The Spectacular Now just got accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. I'm really excited!
TWIST: Thanks for chatting with us! I hope you have a good birthday!
Kaitlyn: Thank you so much! It was really nice talking to you. Happy Holidays!
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